I find myself overwhelmed by what did and did not happen in this past primary election. The political machine in the City of Newburgh is very crooked. The way a lot of people were treated when they went to the polls to vote was outright despicable. One might have thought that they were in Mississippi, Alabama or Georgia back in the 1950s or 60s or even now.
The real sad part is that those who were treated that way will not seek to change it. They need to take direct action to express their concerns about this political machine that continuously tries to deny the rights that their forefathers died for. They should never forget the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "If keeping the peace means keeping your mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, you should not keep the peace."
Some real strange things happened on election night, some of which were discussed on the Voy Website. This is what was being said:
September 10th, 11:36 pm:
"When I went to vote the ballot machine was broken. I and others behind me had to put our ballots in an emergency slot (not sure how many) and if they somehow fixed it. Total ballots 239, added up votes to 238? Check the website’s unofficial results. Confusing!"
September 11th, 12:49 am:
News12.com shows Hayes winning with 100% reporting while the orange county board of elections shows Mejia winning unofficially.
September 11th, 1:01 am:
Newburgh City Council, Ward 1: Democratic primary election districts reporting:100% (100 of 100) photo of Timothy Hayes-El - 122 Votes (43.41%), photo of Karen Mejia - 95 votes (33.8%), photo of Tamie Hollins - 64 votes (22.77%).
September 11th, 1:46 am:
Board of Elections showing Cindy Holmes beating Patty Sofokles by one vote. I thought Holmes petitions were tossed? In the event of a tie the Democratic Committee will have the official vote, which will go to Patty hopefully. She had the endorsement with 1,000 extra weighted votes.
It’s very clear that something went seriously wrong at the polls and this needs to be addressed. There definitely needs to be a serious investigation launched regarding the Orange County Board of Elections, one that should have been done years ago because this type of madness has been going on throughout the years. Why is it that nothing is seriously investigated regarding the City of Newburgh or the Orange County Board of Elections? Why not? That’s a serious question that definitely needs to be answered. Also, a lot of people told Mr. James S. Thorpe, candidate for the County Legislature 4th District, that when they went to vote for him his name was not listed on the ballot. Wow! As Marvin Gaye asked, "What’s going on?"
When are our so-called leaders going to rise up and say enough is enough? What is it going to take to open their eyes and ears to all of this madness going on in our community? Silence to a matter means that one is in agreement with it. When the mistreated finally rise up to display their anger over all of this madness then you will see the so-called leadership rise up to try to squash the rage. I pray that a serious investigation is waged regarding this Primary election because if not it’s very possible that no one will be able to calm the storm that could emerge.
Let me leave you with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
• "Never allow the theory that it is better to remain quiet and help the cause to become a rationalization for doing nothing."
• "Remember that the chance to act is today". The time is now.
• "You must substitute courage for caution."
• "Leadership never ascends from the pew to the pulpit, but invariably descends from the pulpit to the pew."
• "Somehow, I still believe we’re going to get there," he’d say. Accept the task of helping make the world a better place to live in," to "stand up and protest against injustice wherever we find it."
• "Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability," he said. "It comes through the tireless effort and the persistent work of dedicated individuals."
• "Will we continue to march to the drum beat of conformity or will we, listening to the beat of a more distant drum, move to its echoing sounds?"
• "Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of commitment? The choice is ours." (From the book "Martin Luther King, Jr. On Leadership, Inspiration & Wisdom For Challenging Times by Donald T. Phillips).
Think on these words, for if not you’ll only have yourselves to blame. To Timothy Hayes-El, Cindy Holmes, Roy Legette and James S. Thorpe I say don’t give up! Just keep on pushing, for this struggle is definitely not over. This is Lillie’s Point of View!